PROS AND CONS OF MILITARY SERVICE
Military work is perhaps the oldest and most dangerous form of public service in the country. Historically this service has often been a requirement rather than a choice, and the wars sent to fight by those conscripts were far more bloodthirsty than the current conflicts.
The consideration to serve your country should be something that you feel a strong desire to do a calling to serve if you will.
The military service offers several benefits that range from travel opportunities, free college, and free healthcare. So on, but these benefits don’t come without disadvantages you have to put into consideration before meeting a recruiter. Let’s hop on the train and have a look at the pros and cons of military service.
- Steady and Reliable Paycheck with Benefits
Don’t expect to be a millionaire by joining the military. Still, you are 100% sure your paycheck will show up on the first and fifteenth of the month and thus earns you financial security. If you are married, the government pays you a housing allowance to rent an apartment in town. Still, if you are single, you live in the barracks without housing allowance, and you have to get command authorization to live outside the barracks, and this can only happen after you have obtained E-4.
The military also pays for your housing if you are on an assignment and also covers the moving expenses if you have to relocate on a new duty assignment.
Food Allowance is paid to those that live outside the barracks and don’t have access to the chow hall.
- Job Security
Serving in the military guarantees your job security when compared to a civilian that can get laid off depending on your boss’s decision as most employment “At Will” clauses written in the employment agreement and this can permit your boss to terminate your employment if reasons are not discriminatory.
- Paid Vacation
Military service affords you a full 30 days paid vacation every year. Trust me, you can get that in any civilian job or, except you are an executive. Some conditions may interfere with the paid vacation: Muster Alert (An order to converge in a particular place to account for the members of a specific unit in the military and Current Mission). Current Mission (If your occupation in the military is one that is essential and needed for your company’s ongoing mission, you might be asked to take your vacation at a different time.).
- Free Healthcare Coverage
You don’t have to think about that expensive health Insurance bill if you serve in the military. The government got it all covered. This benefit is extended to your immediate family as well (Husband, wife, and children).
- Free College/Education
Can’t afford college fees? The military GI Bill provides over $40,000 towards a college education, opening new possibilities for anyone afraid they can’t afford higher education. Depending on the circumstances, there’s the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP), and so on. You can join the military service to have access or be qualified to apply for these educational funding bills, thanks to Uncle Sam.
- You Can’t Quit
If at any point, you don’t feel like being in the military anymore, it’s a pity you can’t quit. You will have to complete your enlistment. An exception to this rule is if you have a medical condition such as a disability or a life-threatening health condition. Other options to get out of the military service are a dishonorable discharge or jail time, and I’m sure you don’t want that for yourself. Thinking of calling in sick? That’s not an option. You better show up at work and go to the medical during the allotted sick call hours. I hope the service members at the hospital say that you need to miss work and if otherwise, you can’t miss work.
- Being Far Away From Friends and Family
When you’re stationed, faraway from friends and family in another part of the world is tiring. You get to miss a lot of things: birthdays, weddings, holidays and so on you loose ties and bond with loved ones and when you finally get to come home, it feels awkward because things won’t remain the way you left it.
- Death or Physical Injuries
If you are not so lucky and get stationed in a war conflict zone or other dangerous areas, you can’t decline because that’s part of your commitment. You can lose your life or have a physical injury due to the hazardous terrain and attack from the opponent in war zones.
- You’re Under Scrutiny
For everything you want to do, you have to get permission or approval. Do you want to get married? You have to get permission, even for the free college, you have to get approval before you sign up for classes. Want to go late-night drinking? You better be back before the freedom clock runs out. The military definitely always want to know every step you take and everything about you, and that’s quite understandable. The military has spent so much on you that you have become an investment that needs to be protected.
Your age is not the same as your rank in the military. Rank defines superiority. It doesn’t matter by how many years you’re older than your superior with a higher position. You better listen to him/her when he dishes out an order as long as those orders are lawful, so you don’t blame yourself for disobeying orders. There are consequences for disobedience. This can be annoying, but there’s nothing you can do about it.
In conclusion, the decision to join the military is not an easy one. It comes with a lot of responsibilities, and it requires a long-term commitment. There are great benefits involved, but the decision lies in your hands. Be sure you weigh your options before enlisting.
https://books.google.com: Should I Join The U.S. Military? By Troy C. Stewart, Sr., MSP, MA, BS.; page 32-58. Retrieved June 15, 2020
https://brobible.com/life/article/pros-and-cons-of-joining-the-military/ Retrieved June 15, 2020